lets see your Lotus(s)!

lets see your Lotus(s)!

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Breadvan72

38,737 posts

121 months

Monday 18th May
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Purple Europa Twincam in Silverstone auction 23 May - guide price 25K. I cannot afford it! Horrid Barry chin spoiler fitted - that can easily be binned.

leglessAlex

3,600 posts

99 months

Monday 18th May
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Breadvan72 said:
Purple Europa Twincam in Silverstone auction 23 May - guide price 25K. I cannot afford it! Horrid Barry chin spoiler fitted - that can easily be binned.
I saw that, I'd absolutely love it. No auto, no bueno though frown

I must be one of the few people in the world that's hoping the next Elise (if there is one) will have an auto box option paperbag

Breadvan72

38,737 posts

121 months

Monday 18th May
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Putting an autobox in a Europa TC would be like kissing your own sister.

RONV

297 posts

92 months

Monday 18th May
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unless you have only 1 leg

leglessAlex

3,600 posts

99 months

Monday 18th May
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RONV said:
unless you have only 1 leg
I can go one better (worse?), I have no legs boxedin

Breadvan72

38,737 posts

121 months

Tuesday 19th May
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I am sorry - I did not intend any insensitivity. Is there are way you could convert a manual car to use a hand control? - a friend of mine has that on her modern car, IIRC.

I add that the gear change on a Europa TC and Special lets the car down. The gearbox is by Renault and is OK, but the long linkages make for balky and sometimes missed gear changes. Thus you can get binned off on a roundabout by a Mark 1 Escort with its very fine Ford gearbox, as used in some Elans. You will, however, kick the Escort's butt on a twisty B road.

Edited by Breadvan72 on Tuesday 19th May 11:02

leglessAlex

3,600 posts

99 months

Tuesday 19th May
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Breadvan72 said:
I am sorry - I did not intend any insensitivity. Is there are way you could convert a manual car to use a hand control? - a friend of mine has that on her modern car, IIRC.

I add that the gear change on a Europa TC and Special lets the car down. The gearbox is by Renault and is OK, but the long linkages make for balky and sometimes missed gear changes. Thus you can get binned off on a roundabout by a Mark 1 Escort with its very fine Ford gearbox, as used in some Elans. You will, hover, kick the Escort's butt on a twisty B road.
Don't worry, I didn't take any offence!

It's the endless issue with classics for me, and it's very frustrating, but such is life. A very first world problem to have really, and as Lotus put the Camry auto in the Exige and my Evora it's not stopped me from owning a Lotus completely.

Adapted manual is no go. It's technically possible, and more so if the car can have a sequential dog box fitted, so you only have to use the clutch to stop and start, but I wouldn't be comfortable using it on the public road, the likelyhood of running out of limbs and hitting the brakes a second too late is high and I'm not comfortable with that.

Likewise driving with my prosthetics, it's possible and some of the military guys do it, but I'm not comfortable with not being able to clearly feel where my foot is if I needed to stamp on the brake suddenly.

Europa's are interesting to me because they're cheap enough to consider a realistic, DIY resto-mod. A modern engine and DCT or even just a modern slushbox in a Europa chassis? That could be very good, as long as your engine and gearbox are a similar weight and same position as the originals...

3gadgriff

60 posts

129 months

Tuesday 19th May
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mark387mw

2,126 posts

225 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Banks Europa developed a Smart Europa. It was semi automatic.
An old link so no idea it it was developed further.

http://www.banks-europa.co.uk/smart_europa.htm

RONV

297 posts

92 months

Wednesday 20th May
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Richard rebuilt one of my engines for me great bloke and a great job

CallMeLegend

8,632 posts

168 months

Sunday 31st May
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Took delivery of this yesterday, bought unseen other than a couple of videos & lots of photos and research.



It is (in case you hadn't guessed) VERY modified, running around 240bhp at the flywheel.

Many things to sort, first priority is get an MOT, the will mean a few jobs.

Fixing RH headlight, may be a bulb, may be more.
Sorting handbrake, quite frankly, like most Elans, it is abysmal, needs a caliper strip & service.
Fixing some loose interior trim (door cards)
Sorting the fact that you can take the keys out & walk away and the engine will still run, you have to stall in, suspect it's the ignition relay or ignition switch.

Further down the line once it's MOT'd it can be a running esoration, will need:-


Sort out the occasional overboost - possibly needs wastegate porting or may be as a result of a 2.5" exhaust

Fix the erroneous readings from the fuel gauge

Fix the intermittent speedometer

Sort the hood seals

Strip, lube & reassemble the side window mechanism as they are slow.

Re-upholster seats

Source a glove box

Source some front arch liners

Fix/replace stereo

Sort orange pealy paint


Edited by CallMeLegend on Sunday 31st May 18:57

Purso

693 posts

60 months

Monday 1st June
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Congrats looks lovely, any more pictureS?

CallMeLegend

8,632 posts

168 months

Tuesday 2nd June
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Purso said:
Congrats looks lovely, any more pictureS?

Viperzs

912 posts

125 months

Wednesday 10th June
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Photo from Monday and then the Moors yesterday. First time it's been out since I put it away for Winter.







Edited by Viperzs on Wednesday 10th June 10:35

leglessAlex

3,600 posts

99 months

Monday 15th June
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I've posted rather a lot in the thread, apologies... but I do like my car. Some superb ones over the last few pages for sure!

Brothers by Alex D, on Flickr

Taking in the sunrise by Alex D, on Flickr

Lotobear

2,372 posts

86 months

Friday 19th June
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Top of Hartside Pass on Monday - we swapped cars from Langwatby to the top so I got to drive an Alpine for the first time and my pal the Evora.

We each liked them; my pal thought the Evora had better steering feel and he also enjoyed the manual. I thought the A110 felt very light, quick and nimble but I would need a few more drives to get used to the paddles.

Overall the conclusion was the A110 felt digital and the Evora more analogue.


Catsuma

36 posts

101 months

Saturday 20th June
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My treasure...


chemistry

881 posts

67 months

Monday 22nd June
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Catsuma said:
My treasure...

Like.

Jackmuirhead6

20 posts

32 months

Friday 3rd July
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This is my Club Racer, had it for 2.5 years. Rare in the factory matte black.